Accountability. It’s something I struggle with. Since I left my job in June of last year, my life has been rather freeform. Freeform is a great arrangement for creativity, but it’s also a great arrangement for procrastination, loneliness, and when you’re dealing with heavy health stuff, depression.
I’ve been trying to find ways to combat all three of those things. Goal-setting with the help of Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Shining Year, Slack, and Asana have helped with the first. I’ve also created kind of a less-structured day planner page that helps me keep track of daily habits I want to cultivate, as well as letting me jot down appointments and set my 3 most important tasks for the day. It’s tough to procrastinate when you have a list of things that you don’t necessarily HAVE to get done, but you WANT to get done. I WANT to finish editing my book. I WANT to design a cover. I WANT to publish it. I WANT to publish several short stories as well. I WANT to be a writer- an actual writing writer that writes.
I’m trying to battle loneliness by getting out of the house more, by building tribe, and by generally filling up my time. I don’t want to make this a post about mental health issues, but I’m battling depression by getting help. We’ll just leave that there.
What my life lacks, however, is accountability. Health-wise, I’m accountable to myself and my husbear. He’s been there for me through a lot, and he deserves a happier, healthier wife. As far as my writing goes, I’m cheerleading a friend, and she’s cheerleading me. Our hope is to chat weekly to discuss our progress, and we just had our first weekly check-in. It was lovely. She has a lot of the same problems I have as far as having too many projects and sometimes not having enough energy to actually work on them. To keep that accountability vibe, I’ve decided that Friday is my acountability day. Whether I get a chance to chat with my friend or not (our schedules can be somewhat problematic), I’m going to post a progress report every Friday on what I’ve done for the week.
My Writing Life 3/6/15
This week, I:
– Spent 3 days cleaning my office. I know this isn’t actual WRITING, but it’s a way that I’m trying to support my writing process. And man, it was rough going. I have some serious packrat tendencies, especially when it comes to books and papers, and I threw away several hundreds of pounds of shit. I have a vision of a clean, useful, dedicated writing space, and I’m going to make that happen. Now that I’m taking a med that’s helping me reclaim some lost energy, I’m going to prioritize this.
– Began re-reading Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells by James Scott Bell.
– Started researching cover design. If I’m going to have this book done and published by Dragon*Con, I need to spend some time on that. I realized that my original cover idea was way too fussy and busy, so I simplified my idea, and I’m really excited to start working on it. I just need to work on getting the photography done and then go from there.
– Began thinking about finding interesting places to write short stories. For example, the kind of short story I would write at the Ocmulgee Complex (which I want to visit) would be very different from a story I would write sitting in the food court of a busy mall. I have tons of sources of inspiration, and it would be nice to venture out of the house to absorb that.
– Attended the ‘Find Readers Now’ webinar available through SheWrites.com, began thinking about creating a marketing plan for the book.
– Outlined a 9 part short story project I’m excited about. KATKE- more details later. I may release it as a serial on WritersCafe.org. I explained the concept behind the stories to a few people, and the reception has been very positive.
– Finished the third story in the Southern Covens: Savannah series. Once I edit it, I will put it up for a few weeks at all the usual places.
My goals for next week are:
– Spend at least one solid day editing Altar of Change. Seriously, I have until Dragon*Con to make that book happen.
– Finish cleaning my office.
– Write the first story in the KATKE series.
– Finish one of the half-written short stories that are languishing in my Scrivener ’52 Stories’ project.
– Keep my accountability Friday of chatting with my friend and posting here going strong!